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    Mauser model 71

    I have a Mauser model 71 that my Uncle left me in his will and I need help with it. It has stamped on the side 52 1878. Does that mean it was made in 1878?

    All the serial numbers I can see match. 52997

    Can anyone tell me what it is worth?
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    You'lll find a 125 pic photo montage of an "all correct" with clear detailed markings 1887 I.G. (Infanterie-Gewehr) Model 71/84 (11mm) Mauser (click here), displayed in the Germany - Milsurp Knowledge Library (click here)

    1887 I.G. (Infanterie-Gewehr) Model 71/84 (11mm) Mauser
    (Manufactured at Amberg Arsenal in 1887)

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    Finding them in really good condition can be a challenge. Personally, I love shooting this vintage of old milsurps.

    If every component is "matching", including all of the very small components, I'd guess the value at between $600-$800.

    A while back, there was an unissued one posted in the "For Sale Elsewhere" section of our Quartermaster Stores and he had a $1,000 price tag on it.

    Mauser M 71/84 (click here)

    Hope that helps ...


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    Your Mauser 1871 was made in Amberg in 1878. May have been arsenal reworked in (18)82. Take a close look at all those stamps on the knox form. If you take out the action, there are more below. Even the screws have stamps and numbers! Each major manufacturing step was marked by an manufacturing personell number stamp and approved through an inspector's stamp. You can even get an (expensive) book in Germanicon, just on the "art of stamping" German rifles!

    Amberg was the Bavarian manufacturing arsenal, hence the L under a crown, for Ludwig, king of Bavaria. I have one from Danzig that looks like it was dug up out of a bog, but shoots well enough to beat most of the Springfield trapdoors at 200 meters. Fun to shoot, makes a solid "boom", much easier to clean than a trapdoor. Cases etc are readily available, but BLACK POWDER ONLY for these antique pieces!


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